Monday, February 20, 2017

Today in Music History...February 20, 2017

Music History: February20

2011  Katy Perry launches her worldwide California Dreams Tour in support of her Teenage Dream album, starting in Lisbon, Portugal, where she transforms the venue into a candy-coated wonderland. "It's very kitsch," she says. "I'm borrowing from The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Black Swan, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and a little John Waters. People are raising the bar so you either have to get to that level or you're out of the game."
2008 The Brit Awards take place, with Amy Winehouse performing two songs.
2003 At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub,West Warwick, RI, while the band opens with "Desert Moon," a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, which spread to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008). The nightclub owners also receive criminal sentences.
2000 The biographical TV movie Little Richard airs on NBC, with mononymous actor Leon in the title role.
1995 Bob Stinson (The Replacements)
1993 Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.
1985 Julia Volkova (t.A.T.u.)
1982 Death Wish II is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.
1982 Pat Benatar marries her guitarist <a href="" target="_blank">Neil Giraldo</a>.
1981 Rick James, "Give It To Me Baby" (single)
1976 Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1975 Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys)
1975 "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.
1974 Cher files for divorce from Sonny.
1969 Ringo Starr's X-rated film, Candy, premieres.
1967  Kurt Cobain
1964 The Beach Boys, "Don't Worry Baby."
1963 Ian Brown (The Stone Roses)
1961 Percy Grainger
1951 Randy California of the band Spirit is born in Los Angeles. Born Randy Craig Wolfe, he writes and performs the guitar instrumental "Taurus," which Led Zeppelin incorporates into the intro of "Stairway To Heaven."
1951 Kathie Baillie
1950 Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan.
1949 Rick Nelson joins the cast of his parents' radio show.
1946 Jerome Geils (The J. Geils Band)
1944 Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Native-Canadian singer-songwriter and Sesame Street regular, is born Beverly Sainte-Marie in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1895 Scott Joplin's "Please Say You Will" is copyrighted.

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2009 The White Stripes, favorites of the host, play "We're Going To Be Friends" on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It ends up being the last performance by the group, which splits up two years later.

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